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Obituary of Alex H. Lankford, Paris, Tennessee.

Alex H. Lankford, one of the foremost citizens of West Tennessee, died at his home, in Paris, on January 7, 1915, at the age of seventy-one years. He was a Confederate soldier, joining Company I, 5th Tennessee Regiment, on May 20, 1861, with which he remained until the close of the war, with the exception of a few months in prison. For conspicuous bravery he was promoted from a private to a lieutenancy.

At the time of his death Mr. Lankford was Vice President of the Paris Medicine Company, of St. Louis, said to be the largest patent medicine house in the world. He was for years assistant postmaster at Paris and had been tax assessor and county coroner. He was always interested in education and served as a member of the High School Board and also gave a medal annually to the student body.

As a prominent member of the Masonic fraternity Mr. Lankford had served as Superintendent of the Tennessee Widow's and Orphan's Home in Nashville, was a member of the Masonic Blue Lodge (Paris Chapter), and Past Eminent Commander of Commandery No. 16. He was also a prominent churchman, having been an elder in the Presbyterian Church for nearly half a century.

Mr. Lankford is survived by his wife and three daughters. Members of Joe Kendall Camp, U. C. V., of Paris, and other Confederate veterans assisted the Masons at the funeral and burial.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, August, 1915.

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